England drop to fifth in rankings

Date published: August 24 2015

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England have dropped to fifth in the latest World Rugby Rankings while Scotland have climbed back into the top ten.

With one match to go before the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, the hosts have fallen below South Africa following their 25-20 defeat to France in Paris on Saturday and now in danger of going into the tournament ranked lower than Pool A rivals Australia and Wales.

Stuart Lancaster's men are now just 1.3 points ahead of sixth-placed Wales, who travel to Dublin to play Ireland on Saturday. England conclude their RWC 2015 warm-up campaign against the Irish the following weekend.

It may not have been the prettiest of wins but Scotland’s 16-12 victory over Italy in Turin was enough to see them move from 12th to 10th, climbing above Tonga and Samoa, after gain a full rating point.

Japan climb up one place to 14th at the expense of Italy even though their 30-8 win against Uruguay did not come with any boost to their rating.

The Brave Blossoms remain on 71.15 points while Italy, on 70.84 points, are marginally better off in the rankings than the USA (70.36), who made it three wins in a row against neighbours Canada with a 41-23 victory in Ottawa. Canada’s fifth straight loss cost them 1.27 ratings points but they remain 18th, two places behind the Eagles.

World Rugby Rankings:

1 New Zealand – 92.89
2 Ireland – 86.89
3 Australia – 86.67
4 South Africa – 85.15 
5 England – 84.24
6 Wales – 82.94
7 France – 80.90
8 Argentina – 78.39
9 Fiji – 77.04
10 Scotland – 75.79
11 Tonga – 75.25     
12 Samoa – 75.14     
13 Georgia- 72.16     
14 Japan – 71.15     
15 Italy – 70.84     
16 USA – 70.36     
17 Romania – 66.73     
18 Canada – 63.28     
19 Uruguay -62.11 
20 Namibia -61.85

With thanks to World Rugby

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